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Reviews 750 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: From my limited experience there are enough bars and clubs in town to cater to whichever "scene" a person might wish to be on.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is adequately sized and generally fairly conveniently located.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Luther is quite distinctly a community where the students and faculty cooperate in mutual respect. Professors are understanding and willing to discuss options with students, and they in turn are generally motivated to attend classes on time and duly prepared.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't had much experience with off-campus housing. My reviews above are based on what I've heard from others.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: My college's Financial Aid Office is one of the most efficiently run operations I've seen. Competent, helpful, and flexible, the people there will get you the required information and make sure you understand what to do with it.

4 College Junior

Diversity: My college makes an effort to be open and welcoming to everybody. Students who oppose this are normally met with general disapproval.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Outside of the architectural poke-in-the-eye that is Main, the campus is well made and bursting with facilities for various student activities.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The Cafeteria could do with some policy reworkings and possibly some different ingredient suppliers. The other eating options on campus are, however, excellent. Sadly the removal of the meal-transfer option severely hampered my ability to enjoy these other options.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academic opportunities at my college are excellent. Talented professors, thoughtfully selected curriculum, and efficient registration processes leave students free to focus on learning without any distractions or undue day-to-day hurdles.

4 College Junior

Academics: The Poli-Sci major isn't too demanding of credit-hours, leaving me free to pursue minors and majors wherever else I like.

4 College Junior

Majors: Getting into a major program isn't at all difficult, and the process of creating an individualized interdisciplinary major is almost as convenient.

4 College Junior

Majors: The Poli-Sci program is a great department to study in. The professors are knowledgeable and helpful and the courses are engaging and enlightening.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: From what I've seen campus is a very safe place. Crimes that do happen are the exception, and usually occur off-campus.

4 College Senior

Academics: Luther does a good job of making classes difficult and challenging to the students while still providing help and guidance to succeed. I enjoy that I have to work hard to make a grade, but that I don't feel it is impossible.

4 College Senior

Academics: The academic atmosphere as a whole is all about enriching learning and dong cross discipline exercises in order to best understand the world around you and how what you are learning fits in. I really love that there's a good amount of outside work, but I can really learn from it. Similarly, the professors are tough, but great at their own subject.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The greek life seems a little trivial and juvenile to me. The groups rarely do anything but party and the entrance process makes people look like fools. That being said they aren't a negative force in the community, merely one that I don't want to take part in.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of interesting restaurants relative to Decorah's size, but sometimes I wish there was more variety

3 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics could definitely have a higher following because many of the teams are very good. That being said, some of the traditionally popular teams (i.e. football) have not been very successful in the past few years.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Despite some of the quirks, I wouldn't trade my experience at Luther for the world. It has been a fantastic place to jumpstart my career and explore new and exciting opportunities in a way that is supported and encouraged by the administration. The community is unbelievable.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I think Luther does a good job of balancing strictness with keeping student's safe.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining services at Luther really nickles and dimes you. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that I pay a flat fee for dining when I know I only use a fraction of that cost. Essentially, my money adds direct profit to the bottom line because I am sure that I do not make up the amount I pay in even cost of goods. It should be a tiered system in which I can choose a lower plan in order to best fit my eating style. I also hate that the cafeteria is the only place I can go to that has any sort of healthy food once Oneota Market is closed for the day. The Caf may have healthier food, but it is so bland and poorly cooked. Marty's on the other hand has terrible service, but the food is decent, just unhealthy. Luther could do with a major overhaul of their system to benefit the STUDENTS, not Sodexo.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I love working in both the Political Science and Business departments, but I wish there were more staff in order to diversify my classes. Particularly with Political Science I find myself confined to 2 of the 4 professors because they are the only ones that are effective at teaching.

4 College Senior

Majors: Internships are great, but there are a lot of struggles that come along with them. I think that pay is important in order for an intern's work to be valued, but I have had both paid and unpaid internships. It is also tough because prospective employers don't always respect an intern's time during the application process and can really delay their answers.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Getting off-campus housing can be a pain, because houses are sometimes leased years in advance by many of the sports teams. That being said, there are many houses that are up for grabs, it can just get a little competitive

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I'm not a huge partier so the night life is more than enough for me. I prefer to stay indoors and watch a movie, but I know that Roscoes really appeals to a lot of people and there are some great bands that play all over town.


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William Morris
Wausau, WI
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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The Luther bubble does a wonderful job of creating an experience that is not duplicated anywhere else, and many students hold that near to their hearts. The campus's small size allows for plenty of bonding and gives students support and a sense of community and common purpose. The College’s “liberal” bent has less to do with politics and more to do with personal choice. The College allows students to be creative and experiment on their own terms without punishing them for being different sexually, personally, or in terms of viewpoint. In the same way, professors at Luther are not about pushing their own ideas onto other students; they would rather present multiple viewpoints to you and let you make your own decision based on what you’ve learned. The community is also present outside of academics, and everyone is in the same boat at Luther. Despite the existence of a small Greek system, there is no real hierarchy at Luther over who rules the roost. If you’re looking for an Animal House-type experience or plan on living and dying based on the basketball team, you’ll be out of luck at Luther.

Many students love Luther for the simple fact that the bubble allows students to experience all kinds of fun. Academics aside, many students come here for the opportunity to perform in music, play sports, make a difference in student government, or contribute to the campus’s vibrant performing arts society. The workload at Luther and variety of majors allow students to get a great education and forget about it on the weekends, but that doesn’t mean every night has to be a party. Most professors place an emphasis on writing competence at Luther, which means you can expect more term papers than worksheets, especially if you’re in a writing-intensive major. Luther teaches students that although many of the best things can be found on campus, you should still venture into the unknown just to be sure. College is not about ivory towers, old brick buildings, and a false sense of importance; it’s about finding and creating yourself. For many students, there’s no better place to complete that project than Luther.

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